Earth Day is a day to reflect upon nature and our planet. One aspect of this is outdoor cats and the role they play on our environment. Outdoor cats are a natural and beneficial part of our landscape when kept in check through Trap-Neuter-Return programs such as those advocated by Alley Cat Allies.
“As animal advocates, we want what’s best for cats and for all animals,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Cats in every community live alongside wildlife now just as they always have, and the best way to help all of them is through humane care. Spay/neuter and vaccination, delivered through a Trap-Neuter-Return program, is best for cats, wildlife, and the people who live nearby.”
Trap-Neuter-Return programs have been adopted in more than 570 communities in the U.S. alone. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs are effective and humane in allowing cats to remain in their outdoor homes without allowing the unchecked breeding cycle of these cats to continue.
Cats that have been spayed or neutered are eartipped for identification and are released back into the neighborhood from which they were captured.
“People everywhere tell us how much they love cats and welcome them into their neighborhoods,” Robinson said. “Earth Day reminds us that TNR programs help communities understand how to enjoy cats by respecting them as a vital part of the community. This is why it has become such a mainstream approach in the U.S.”
Cats serve a vital role in pest control and can add peace and serenity to neighborhoods. Many people enjoy caring for these cats without the responsibility of bringing them indoors. Additionally, behaviors associated with mating, and calls to authorities about the cats halt. Because of the open discussions about cats that accompany a TNR program, another result is that residents enjoy improved communication and better understanding about cats and the environment.
Visit alleycat.org to learn more about how TNR can help cats become great neighbors.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 600,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Alley Cat Allies is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.